Friday, October 14, 2011

Brewery Vivant to Hold Wood-Aged Beer Celebration

Grand Rapids, MI


Budding local brewery set to wow the beer community and release 10+ wood barrel-aged beers to celebrate the fall season.

Brewery Vivant, a Belgian/French inspired brewery and restaurant located in the East Hills Neighborhood, will literally be rolling out the barrels for its customers in what’s sure to be one of the season’s most anticipated beer celebrations. Many of these brews have been aging for months, and will include a myriad of styles for every palette. In addition, Chef Drew Turnipseed will be pairing up his delicious wares, including sauerkraut and homemade sausages.

Barrel-aged beers can take on many forms, and Vivant is not afraid to jump outside of the box on any beers that they make. Belgian Sours are a much anticipated favorite, a brew that is purposely spiked with healthy bacteria that gives the brew a slightly tart flavor. All of these take an expert eye to make, and because of the unique nature of each individual oak cask, Brewmaster Jacob Derylo insists that “The beer will tell you when it’s ready.”

This year’s the celebration will fall on Saturday, October 22nd, from 1pm to 9pm. Admission is free to the public, and tokens will be available to purchase for beers during the celebration.

Brewery Vivant was founded in December, 2010 by former New Holland Brewing Co. founder Jason Spaulding and his wife Kris. It’s held in an old funeral chapel that was constructed in 1915. The establishment focuses on French and Belgian styles of brewing, paired with excellently matched food in an amazing environment.

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